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April 13, 2012






Jody Puckett, Communications Director
757-253-6605; jody.puckett@jamescitycountyva.govNew AAA office photo

Kids Can Cook Too! debuts on JCC TV


What happens when you combine a local chef, two middle school students, a County cable channel and the School Health Initiative Program (SHIP)? You find out that Kids Can Cook Too!


The new television program, Kids Can Cook Too!, follows Berkeley Middle School students Yessica Cano and Thomas Pressey as they learn how to cook a healthy stir fry from local chef Renny Parziale. The program can be found on James City County’s YouTube channel and on Cox Cable channel 48. 


Kids Can Cook too! is a cooperative effort between the County and SHIP, Williamsburg James City County School Division’s multi-faceted program that promotes better nutrition and physical activity for students at school and at home.


Janice Kailos, outreach coordinator for SHIP, said “Families are busy, so there’s a drift toward the convenience of fast food or microwavable dinners. We’re trying to show that families have a healthier alternative, that kids can play a role in preparing meals and that it can be fun.”


Video producer and County staff member Eric Williams said close collaboration between the County and the school district made the project work. “The SHIP team brings a lot of enthusiasm to the project. We’re pleased to work with them to promote healthy eating.”   


Other members of the project team include County communications staff members Randy Hisle and Richard Lee; and Pam Dannon, SHIP nutritionist.


Food used in the program was donated by Martin’s Food Market. Support for SHIP comes from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation which has provided nearly $5 million in funding since 2006.


Photo caption, pictured from left to right: Richard Lee, James City County; Ross Richardson, Williamsburg Community Health Foundation; Janice Kailos, SHIP; Randy Hisle, James City County; Yessica Cano; Pam Dannon, SHIP; Thomas Pressey; Chef Renny Parziale; and Eric Williams, James City County


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